About Andrews Kurth LLP

More than a century old, Houston-based firm Andrews Kurth has grown from a local powerhouse representative for the railroad industry to an international firm with branches in Washington, DC, New York, Dubai, London and Beijing, making a name for itself along the way with its energy and bankruptcy practices. With a mantra of "straight talk," Andrews Kurth has national tier one practices in energy, trusts & estates, oil & gas law and project finance law according to U.S. News.

Texas Railroading and the Aviator

In 1902, Frank Andrews--a former assistant attorney general for Texas--and Thomas Ball--a former U.S. representative from Texas--founded a firm in Houston. From its early years, the firm was heavily involved in Houston's development, helping secure funding to build the Port of Houston and representing railroad bigwigs like Houston Belt, Terminal Railroad and the Gulf Coast Lines. The firm did so much work for the railroad industry, in fact, that railroaders expressed their gratitude by naming a freight station north of Houston after Tom Ball. In the early 1900s, the Texan firm also worked with Standard Oil and the Houston Land Corporation.

Several years later, Melvin Kurth hopped aboard and headed the firm from 1936 for the next three decades. A portion of Andrews Kurth's mid-twentieth century work revolved around eccentric aviator and business tycoon Howard Hughes and his Hughes Tool Company. Around that time Andrews Kurth also ratcheted up its business in the energy field, counseling firms involved in natural gas pipeline construction and other energy initiatives and helping them negotiate the relatively new regulatory network coming out of DC.

In 1977, Andrews Kurth expanded beyond the Lone Star state when it opened an office in DC to help handle its growing energy regulatory practice. Following were office inaugurations in Los Angeles, New York, the Woodlands, across the pond in London and into the Middle East in Dubai.

No Energy Shortages Here

At least 85 of its more than 400 lawyers work in energy law--advising in regulatory work, project financing as well as counseling on construction contracts and litigation for energy companies like Eurus Energy, DKRW and BP. Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Scott Brister, who leads the firm's appellate division, headed BP's defense in state litigation following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The firm also dabbles in renewable energy sources. A 20-attorney strong wind power team, for example, advises companies on the ins and outs of financing and developing wind power projects.

Managing Your Money

Although the firm boasts top energy and regulatory practices, it also touts a high-profile bankruptcy group. The firm pioneered its bankruptcy practice in the 1960s and later benefited from former partner and Bush family friend Edith Jones' bankruptcy expertise before her appointment as chief judge for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Its bankruptcy practice has come with risks though; after doing bankruptcy work during the legendary kamikaze nosedive that was Enron's collapse, Andrews Kurth found itself, alongside other firms, on the defense side of shareholders' securities fraud lawsuits.

Andrews Kurth also represents Fortune 500 companies through its corporate securities practice, headed by Spencer Barasch, a former regional enforcement director for the SEC.Also ranked by U.S. News as tier one is the firm's trusts and estates department, which had plenty of practice in its handling of the 17 year-long battle over Hughes' estate in the 1980s.

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Andrews Kurth LLP

600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77022
Phone: (713) 220-4200
Fax: (713) 220-4285


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Thomas J. Perich
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 412

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Corporate Compliance, Investigations and Defense
    Economic Recovery and Government Opportunities
    Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Public Law
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Durham, NC
  • New York, NY
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Dubai
  • London
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